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FOUR SEASONS: THE PAIN OF MISSING IT

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 20 April 2013 LISTEN carefully. Can you hear that sound? A sort of half-crunch, half-squeak? That’s me grinding my teeth at the prospect of no more snowboarding this winter. I’m not ill or injured (apart from the teeth, obviously) but due to a double-whammy of personal and professional commitments, it’s unlikely […]

FOUR SEASONS: SKIMO COMES TO SCOTLAND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 22 December 2012 IN THE Alps, the sport of ski mountaineering is massive. For those in the know it is seen as the ultimate test of mountain savvy. Competitors need to be able to ski uphill as well as down, using sticky climbing skins attached to the bottom of their skis. […]

FOUR SEASONS: HERE WE GO AGAIN…

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 8 December 2012 AS I WRITE this, the webcams at Scotland’s five ski centres are slowly turning white. It’s hard to tell how much snow has fallen – perhaps a couple of inches, perhaps a little more – but at this time of year the amount of snow doesn’t really matter. […]

FOUR SEASONS: GET IT WHILE YOU CAN

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 23 April 2011 BY THE freakishly hot weekend of 9 and 10 April this year, the Scottish ski season appeared to be over. After a prolonged thaw, the resorts at Glencoe, Glenshee, The Lecht and Nevis Range were all closed due to lack of snow. Only Cairngorm remained open, and even […]

FOUR SEASONS: TOP SCOTS SKI BEDS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 5 March 2011 THE other day I was contacted by the owners of a new website which specialises in selling ski accommodation. Would I like to write a story about them? The website is run by a Scottish company so you’d think this would be a good subject for a journalist […]

SCOTLAND: A BACKCOUNTRY GUIDE

Published: The Scotsman (Sporting Scotland Supplement) 27 December 2010 IN THE spring of 2009, skiing in Scotland seemed to be on the verge of extinction. A succession of mild winters had seen the number of skiable days per year decline alarmingly, even at the highest resorts, while the advent of budget airlines made foreign ski […]

COMMENTARY: IT’S AN ILL WIND…

Published: The Scotsman, 30 November 2010 SNOW, we know, brings misery to thousands and costs the country millions, yet for Scottish skiers and snowboarders the bumper dumps of the last few days have been like Christmas come early. Cairngorm, Glenshee and the Lecht are all hoping to open today, but you don’t have to travel […]

FOUR SEASONS: “OUR APOLOGIES FOR GLOBAL WARMING”

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 27 November 2010 ANNA Ewart’s short film 11 Degrees is as beautiful as it is melancholy. And it’s really melancholy. Screening tonight as part of the Dundee Mountain Film Festival, it was shot in the winter of 2008-9 and gives a subtle, impressionistic account of the challenges facing the Glenshee ski […]

FOUR SEASONS: SKIING IN SHORTS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 May 2010 THE art of persuasion has never been one of my strong suits but a few years ago, acting recklessly against type, I managed to convince a former editor of this newspaper that we should carry a surf and ski forecast on the weather page of our Saturday edition. […]

FOUR SEASONS: SNOW GRAFFITI

Published in The Scotsman (TSMag) 23 January 2010 FROM the point of view of the UK snowsports industry, the story of this winter’s Big Freeze has been the massive financial boost it’s given the nation’s ski resorts. From Glencoe to the Lecht, skier numbers are up up up, as people who would normally go to […]